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October 2016

From the Dean

The start of the academic year brings with it new opportunities, and the College of Engineering is ready to continue making a difference through impactful education and research. We are relentlessly working to solve the world’s most pressing problems and seeking innovative new ways to provide a transformational experience for our students.

The research our faculty is conducting has a direct impact on the safety and quality of life of those living here in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In this issue of Momentum! you’ll read about the College of Engineering’s involvement in developing the first-ever standards for building in a tsunami zone. You’ll also learn about the robotics program and why top-tier students are choosing Oregon State to study real-world applications of robots.

From resilience to robotics, and much more in between, the College of Engineering is poised for another exceptional year of growth and results.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D.
('83 Oregon State, Civil Engineering)
Kearney Professor and Dean
College of Engineering
Oregon State University


CEM celebrates 50th Anniversary
In honor of the Construction Engineering Management program's 50th anniversary, the School of Civil and Construction Engineering will host two days of special events, including a barbecue, reception, and distinguished presentation, "Construction Technology - Accelerated Change," by Josh Bone, BIM services manager at JBKnowledge. Learn more and register for the event here.


Johnson Hall grand opening
The College of Engineering celebrated the grand opening of Johnson Hall on September 23. In addition to serving as the home to the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, the 58,000-square-foot building will also serve as the hub for college-wide programs focused on student success. More…


First design standards for tsunami-safe structures released
Dan Cox, professor of coastal and ocean engineering, was part of the research team to create the first set of design standards for building in a tsunami zone. Experiments conducted at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory were used to inform the development of the standards. Read more here, here, and here.

Mitigating hurricane damage
In collaboration with researchers from Colorado State University, a team led by principal investigator Dan Cox, professor of coastal and ocean engineering, is studying damage to coastal structures by hurricane waves. "By improving the predictions of damage and loss, we will be better positioned to anticipate hazards and manage cascading consequences and interactions between infrastructures and hazards," said Cox. More…

Faculty & Staff

Faculty take home six University Day honors
College of Engineering faculty earned six of the 21 annual Oregon State University Day Awards. Faculty honored include Christopher Hagen, Faculty Innovator Award and the Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring Award; Karl Haapala, the Industry Partnering Award; Kendra Sharp, the International Service Award; Javier Calvo-Amodio, Robin Feuerbacher, Chris Hoyle, John Parmigiani, Tracy Ann Robinson, and Nancy Squires, the Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award; and Cindy Grimm, the Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award. More…

College of Engineering honors excellence at annual breakfast
The College of Engineering honored outstanding achievement by its faculty and staff at the September 20 Celebrate Excellence breakfast. The 2016 award recipients are: Adam Higgins, Austin Paul Engineering Faculty Award; Jens Odegaard, Classified Employee Award; Elisha Bracket, Professional Faculty Award; Kagan Tumer, Research Award; Sinisa Todorovic, Research Collaboration Award; and Arun Natarajan, Engelbrecht Young Faculty Award. More…


Opportunity abounds in robotics graduate program
The burgeoning robotics graduate program in the College of Engineering seeks to find its niche by developing robots for the real world and has proven successful at attracting top-tier faculty and students. "Our students are as good as at any program in the world," said Bill Smart, associate professor of robotics and co-director of the robotics program. More…


Out of this world
Helena Bales, a senior majoring in computer science, spent her summer at the University of Georgia in the Small Satellite Research Lab where she worked on a project team that launched two CubeSat satellites into orbit. More…


The Leatherman story
From producing 200 tools the first year in operation in 1983 to now producing more than 8,000 tools per day, Leatherman Tool Company, founded by Tim Leatherman ’70, has set the standard for quality in the multi-tool industry. Read more about the growth and American manufacturing of the Leatherman multi-tool.

Building the banking business
After graduating with a degree in civil and construction engineering from Oregon State University, Hüsnü Özyeğin ’67, went on to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard University before founding Turkey-based FIBA. In a video series by Harvard Business School, Özyeğin explains various management principles he employed in establishing and leading one of Turkey’s largest financial services companies.

In Memoriam

Jean Richardson, civil engineer and pioneer
Jean Richardson ’49, the first woman to earn a civil engineering degree from Oregon State, has passed away at age 88. Upon graduation, Richardson worked for an engineering firm for a month without pay to prove herself before being hired for pay. She ended her career working for the city of Portland on the Columbia River sewage treatment plant and paved the way for other women in civil engineering. More…

David Hatch, alumni, engineer, and Siletz Tribal Council member
David Hatch passed away unexpectedly on September 20. Hatch received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 1976 and 1978 respectively, and also taught for the Transportation Research Institute at Oregon State. He worked for the City of Portland as a project engineer and district engineer. Hatch, who started the American Indian Science and Engineering Society student chapter at Oregon State in 1981, also served as a Tribal Councilman for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon. More…

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